Back in 1996 , when Juli and I took our first trip down the Oregon Coast together, we were held up in Gerhardt on our first night, just north of Seaside. That next morning we saw a giant billboard promoting "The Pig and Pancake". I told Juli, with a name like that it's got to be good. So we stopped in Seaside and got in line for one of the 240 tables in the restaurant. We we're not disappointed.
The Pig and Pancake has a bit of a history. It started off as a 35 seat restaurant that had to close at 2 PM so the Italian restaurant could take over for dinner. Since then it has grown to take up a city block in Seaside, a large space in Astoria, a choice location in Cannon Beach, and as of late, a new location outside of Lincoln City.
Juli and I always make it a point to stop at the Pig and Pancake whenever we are in town. Today however, they served to disappoint. The hostess stood at the door with her arms crossed looking board. She guided us to our table and tossed the menues higgly piggly. It sort of set the tone. If I were a restaurant reviewer I would have started to look for failings and I would have expositoried all over them. The bacon, slightly overdone, I would report as "cooked to ash". The coffee, spilled slightly, I would have reported as "slopped into the cups". The mood so set, I would report as gloomy and despairing. It only goes to show what an important job the host has.
We will still return to the Pig and Pancake in the future. It's tradition.
After breakfast we wandered the town a bit. A lot of stores we used to visit have emptied. Others have changed. Bruce's Candy Kitchen has expended and is thriving. Apparently in bad times people will not give up either alcohol or candy. Our favorite gallery "The Haystack Gallery" has changed a bit. There are still a few good things in there, but it's not what it was. There were some great shots in another gallery of Snow at Cannon Beach. Made me drool, and also demonstrates a good reason to get up early in the morning.
Now we've returned to our room to hear the Ocean and read our bountiful books.